Cervical Epidural Steroid
The cervical section of the spine includes seven vertebrae in the neck region. When inflammation occurs from injury or degeneration in the cervical spine, it can cause neck and arm pain. To relieve inflammation and reduce pain, one non-invasive treatment option is a cervical epidural steroid injection. Our pain doctors at Medici Spine & Pain may recommend a cervical epidural steroid injection as part of a comprehensive pain management treatment plan for those with neck pain or inflammation.
When the cervical vertebrae or discs are injured or affected by degenerative diseases like arthritis, pressure can be put on the surrounding nerves from inflammation. Bone spurs, herniated discs or vertebrae deterioration are common causes of inflammation in the cervical area. This can cause chronic pain in the neck, shoulders and arms, impacting mobility and quality of life. While surgery may be recommended for severe issues, a less invasive option to control inflammation and pain is a steroid injection.
Steroid Injections for Neck Pain
During a cervical epidural steroid injection, a local anesthetic is used to numb the injection site on the neck. In most cases, imaging is used to guide the needle to the correct position. Precise placement is required to get the injections as close as possible to the inflammation without damaging the nerves. The steroid medication can reduce the inflammation within a few days after the procedure, offering relief from neck and arm pain caused by pressure on nerves in the cervical region.
If you suffer from chronic neck pain, it can impact your quality of life. At Medici Spine & Pain, we help those with chronic pain find effective treatment options to stop or manage pain. We have two clinics in the Atlanta area, as well as a state-of-the-art surgical center in Marietta. Contact us to schedule a consultation and evaluation if you suffer from chronic pain.